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Head to the Mori Art Museum and meet the stars of Japan’s contemporary art scene!

Mori Art Museum’s current exhibition is focusing on artists active in Japan’s contemporary art scene. It’s a great chance to learn about contemporary artists in Japan, how their style changed, and how their art spread and affected the whole world!

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The Mori Art Museum has always been in the center of contemporary art when it comes to architecture, design, fashion, and many other genres. It is well-known for its cutting edge, extravagant and interesting exhibitions. The current exhibition “STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World” is showcasing Japan’s contemporary art by exhibiting the works of six acclaimed artists who played a big role in stimulating and developing Japan’s art scene.

The six artists featured in the exhibition are Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan, Tatsuo Miyajima, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Even though the exhibition is about the contemporary art scene in Japan, the selection of artists includes a non-Japanese artist ー something that speaks about the Mori Art Musem’s way of thinking and presenting art. 

The 6 artists

Lee Ufan exhibition space

Born in Korea, Lee Ufan is a globally-renowned Japan-based artist who played an active part in the art movement “Mono-ha” . The movement took place in Japan in the 1960s and had a great influence on Japanese contemporary art.
Bottom: The refined simplicity of his work is characteristic of him. Right: Lee Ufan “Relatum” 1969/1982

Drawing and collections of Yoshitomo Nara who spend many years in Germany.

Yoshitomo Nara’s works

A house with a huge moon-looking head on top. Don’t you wonder what’s inside?
Lower left and right: Yoshitomo Nara “Voyage of the Moon (Resting Moon) / Voyage of the Moon” 2006; Top left: Yoshitomo Nara “Lonely Moon / Voyage of the Moon” 2006

Past and Present

The artists are introduced separately one after the other, showcasing some of their early works together with their latest works. This allows the visitor to see who their style transformed over time, where they came from, and where they are going.

Yayoi Kusama’s paintings at the exhibition.

These are some of the early works of Yayoi Kusama, who is known for her big, colorful pumpkins. Maybe these early works are an expression of the hardship she had to go through since her childhood. At least, that’s what I felt when I saw the chair you can’t sit on, the ladder you can’t climb, and the boat you can’t row.
Left: “Travelling Life” 1964, “UNTITLED (OBJECT OF A GOLD CHAIR)” 1966; Right: “Pink Boat” 1992

Tatsuo Miyajima “SEA OF TIME – TOHOKU PROJECT (2020,TOKYO)” 2020

Tatsuo Miyajima’s work is influenced by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

Left: “Embodiment of ‘A'” 2014 and “EMBODIMENT OF ‘UM'” 2014; Right: Takashi Murakami “MISS KO² (PROJECT KO²)” 1997 ©︎2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Takashi Murakami’s works are often very vibrant with hints to Japanese pop culture. However, many of them are also very radical and dealing with difficult topics ー such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo: “Let’s Go See the Nuclear Reactor” 2020; ©︎2020 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

The exhibition will go on until the beginning of January, 2021. So if you want to see your favorite artists’ works in person, or if you are new to Japan’s contemporary art scene, this is the perfect opportunity to get a great overview. Don’t miss the chance to dive into the world of art at the Mori Art Museum!

‘STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World’

Date: July 31, 2020 − January 3, 2021

*Admission requires an online booking in advance for a designated date/time slot. You can purchase and make reservations for “Date and time designated tickets” at the booking website below:
→ https://www.e-tix.jp/mamtcv/

You might be able to purchase day tickets at the ticket counter if there is a free time slot.
→ https://www.mori.art.museum/jp/news/2020/08/4217/

Mori Art Museum

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest Stations: Roppongi Station, Roppongi-itchome Station, Nogizaka Station


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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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